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W.Y.S.M.: Rosie Hicks

Name: Rosie Hicks (DJ Rosie)
City, State: Baltimore, Maryland
Age: 31
Profession: Special Education Teacher and Professional DJ
Website: facebook.com/DJRosie

In a few words, how would you describe yourself?
Loyal, honest, silly, and consistent.

Your favorite hangout spots.
I’m a Starbucks addict. Overall, I prefer having people over to our home to hangout versus the bar scene, unless I’m checking out a good DJ or Djing myself! I also really like to attend various events that are created to benefit others in need.

Favorite guilty pleasure.
Ben and Jerry’s phish food ice cream and Family Guy.

Favorite quote.
“Whoever is happy will make others happy too.”  -Anne Frank

Who is your biggest influence? And why?
My father was my biggest influence growing up, and even into my adult years, while he was struggling with a serious illness before resting in peace in February 2013.  He taught me a lot about how to work hard at something you want, including having a good work ethic. He also taught me that you can do anything you put you mind to and to learn from mistakes along the way. Lastly, he and my mother showed me unconditional love and taught me how to do the same for my beautiful wife and children.

Favorite event.
I love being a part of the LURe DC family and BARE party, as well as the many non-profit events I’ve been fortunate to participate in. My favorite event is hip-hop night at Club Hippo in Baltimore.

Do you have any regrets in life?
It’s not a regret, but if I could tell younger Rosie something, I’d tell myself not to worry so much about things you can’t change. Usually 99% of the time, everything really is okay.

Favorite lesbian celebrity.
I love Ellen! Back in 2007 when she had DJ auditions, I sent in a video. Needless to say I’m still teaching and DJing here in Baltimore and D.C., but I did get a response letter!

Any fun facts or anything else you want our readers to know?
I’ve been told over the years that I have a serious and/or very focused face when DJing, and because of this people don’t want to interrupt me when I’m in the booth. I promise that I’m not as serious as I look up there, and love for people to stop by and say hello. I don’t even realize the faces I’m making most of the time. Please come up and say hello when you get the chance. It gives me an opportunity to tell you thank you for the support.

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